By Alex Taylor
Former Leeds star Andy Ritchie has dismissed the notion that the signing of Marcus Antonsson is a gamble.
The 25-year-old goal-scorer moved to Elland Road at the start of the week in a deal that could potentially cost £2million.
Antonsson, 25, bagged 13 goals and notched one assist this season for Swedish outfit Kalmar and is now preparing for life in the Championship with his new club.
The 6ft forward will link up with the free-scoring Chris Wood in the Leeds attack and will help to replace the departing Mirco Antenucci, who himself scored nine goals and provided six assists last season.
“They have brought in a relatively unknown Swedish striker for a big fee in Marcus Antonsson from Kalmar,” Ritchie told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Some would say it is a gamble, when you buy players from Sweden, their football and style is relatively similar to ours and perhaps more suited to transferring over here.
“It might make it a little bit easier than with someone say coming over from South America and places like that. Sometimes, it can take a while to settle, but with the Scandinavians, they have got a similar mindset to football to us.”
Leeds scored 50 goals in the Championship in the 2015-16 season as they secured a 13th placed finish.
New manager Garry Monk will be hoping that his new fire power in attack can lift Leeds up the table in the second tier and challenge for the play-off places next season.